These are terms used for analysis of stories.
Terms in this set (38)
An imaginative comparison between two unlike things in which one is said to be another thing: "Rosco has a heart of stone." "The sun is a blazing pancake."
the writer or character who is telling the story
a struggle between opposing forces
a conflict that takes place within a character's mind/heart/soul. (man v. self)
a character or force in conflict with the main character; this is usually the person(s) and/or force(s) that stand between the main character and his/her goal.
a struggle that takes place between the character and a force outside of himself or herself
the process by which authors create characters for their stories
a one-sided, stereotypical character
an idea or action used by the writer to grab the reader's attention at the beginning of the story (or literary work)
central conflict is introduced and developed
a character who changes or grows during the course of the story
the sequence of events in a story
third person omniscient
narrator uses "he"/"she" and is outside the action of the story and knows everything that is going on in the lives and minds of all the characters
the time and the place of the action
a fully-developed character who exhibits many traits (For example, such a character can seem both good and bad, or strong and weak, at the same time)
when the narrator uses "I" to tell the story, and so in this case the story is usually told by one of the characters
the feeling of anxious uncertainty about the outcome
the central message, concern, or purpose of a story (or other literary work)
the main character in a literary work
this comes after the climax, as the central conflict is ended and the plot moves toward resolution
A figure of speech in which an object or animal is spoken of as if it had human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes
author's clues as to what might happen later in the story
a scene that breaks the sequence of events in a story (usually takes a character or characters back in time)
A reference to a statement, a person, a place, or an event from literature, the arts, history, religion, mythology, politics, sports, or science. Writers expect readers to recognize these references and think about the work/person alluded to
a character who does not change throughout the story
the difference between the way things seem and the way they actually are
the use of symbols to represent important ideas
the feeling created in the reader by a story or literary work
A comparison between two unlike things, using a word such as like, as, than, or resembles: "Her face was as round as a pumpkin." "The sun looked like a blazing pancake."
form of a language spoken by people from a specific region (Many people here speak with a Southern dialect.)
the writer's attitude toward the readers and the subject
a conversation between characters
a brief work of fiction that usually (but not always) includes only one basic conflict
point of view
the perspective from which a story is told
third person (limited)
narrator uses "he"/"she" and is outside the action of the story and has limited insight. Author writes as if he/she can't know what's going on in all the characters' minds.
highest point of interest in the story. (Think of it as where the growing-conflict-balloon bursts.)
the point in a story at which the conflict and major questions are solved and/or answered.